A new strategy to address the problem of vacant properties in Carmarthen town centre has been approved by the County Council’s Executive Board. Implementing a Local Development Order (LDO) will speed up economic development and regeneration, and help Carmarthen town centre to be more attractive and competitive.
“Every possible aid must be given to our town centre, already hard hit by internet shopping, and now facing the unprecedented crisis caused by Covid-19,” said Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths, Executive Board Member and a Plaid Cymru county councillor for Carmarthen town.
“The LDO streamlines the planning system to allow non-contentious developments to progress quicker, at less cost. It can help address the problem of vacant properties to achieve a more viable and vibrant town centre.
“During, and following, the effects of this terrible pandemic on our shops and businesses we must investigate all possible avenues to help Carmarthen return to its glory as a bustling market town. This initiative sits well with our Carmarthen Town Regeneration Masterplan 2014 – 2030.”
The Plaid-led County Council is also proposing an LDO for Ammanford. Once prepared, both will go through a six-week consultation period. A Llanelli town centre LDO was introduced last year.